SCARS Weekly Newsletter – 12/7/2015

SCARS Christmas Party is TONIGHT! . . .
December Club Meeting Is This Saturday . . .
C&E Archival Project . . .
Amazon Smile setup . . .
New DMR Repeater in Norman . . .
HF Nets . . .
Listen to 146.88 and 147.06 Online . . .
Did I forget you last week? . . .
ARRL Letter . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline . . .
Ham Nation . . .
Officers, and odd-links . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles  _…_._

SCARS Christmas Party is TONIGHT!

The SCARS Christmas Party is TONIGHT, Monday evening, December 7, at the Golden Corral beginning at 6pm. There is a gift exchange, but don’t spend anything over $10! Men bring a gift marked “For Men”, Women bring a gift marked “For Women”.

Be there!

December Club Meeting is this Saturday

C&E Archival Project

Still looking for the C&E issues listed below. You’ve been rummaging around looking for those lost Christmas decorations and surely have found your “archived” copies of the C&E in the attic. If you would be willing to loan these to us for a while, we’d appreciate it!

These are what we know are missing:

1986 – missing July
1993 – missing June
1998 – missing April
1999 – missing April
2002 – January, and perhaps, more (keep reading)

For 2002, we do have February, but are looking for January and anything March and beyond. Note that I did not actually read the February 2002 edition to see if that was the Last Issue or not, but if you’ve got January, or anything March and beyond, we’d love to borrow that from you for a bit.

In any case, if you can help with these, we’d appreciate it a bunch! Let me know by emailing me at

 Amazon Smile setup

When you use Smile, and have selected “South Canadian Amateur Radio Society” as your 501(c)(3) of choice, then the Club will receive what amounts to 0.5% of each purchase you make. If you don’t select Smile, your price will not be lower, so why not use Smile and benefit your Club? 

Amazon has a very straightforward how-to here:

You can thank yourself for doing this, but I’ll thank you too!

 New DMR Repeater in Norman

N5HZR posted this information on the SCARS Facebook group late Wednesday night about a new DMR repeater now on the air in Norman:

Norman DMR Repeater is on the air! Tonight, N5MS, N5UWY, & N5HZR flipped the switch on the Motorola SLR5700. This machine is listening on 443.825 mhz, with a +5 mhz offset.
This machine has a local talkgroup that traffic stays here in town, a Central OK talkgroup that shares audio with Stillwater and the 3 OKC repeaters, and statewide, OK-TX, North America and Worldwide talkgroups that let you bring in the world.
If you’ve got a DMR radio, take a listen, and start talking. We’d really appreciate any signal reports from this machine, and when your radio switches from Norman, to one of the other OKC machines.
If you don’t know what DMR has to offer, check out or ask questions here on Facebook. Entry level radios are available for about $130 from Connect Systems, and Tytera.
(Ed: Connect Systems instead of Control Systems…)

 HF Nets

When you get your HF antenna up, here is a consistently updated and comprehensive listing of HF Nets:

 Listen to 146.88 and 147.06 Online

Remember that N5HZR has an SDR receiver running on a Raspberry Pi that monitors 88 and 06. You can listen to it here:
Norman VHF Repeaters audio stream

 Did I Forget You Last Week?

There’s an easy way to make sure that you receive each and every blog post. Yes, even on those days when I forget to send an email out to the Club list! But remember that I ONLY send out an email notification for the Weekly Newsletters. The other non-Weekly posts are very rarely notified about via email.

From anywhere on the Blog, scroll down until you see “Follow Blog via Email” in the right side-bar. Sign-up there, and you will always receive an email notice each and every time I post something here. Big Solar Flare? Bingo – you’re on it.

 ARRL Letter

Read it all: ARRL Letter

 Amateur Radio Newsline, December 3, 2015


Live links, Script, and Audio here: AR Newsline #1988

Ham Nation

The December 2, 2015 Edition of Ham Nation:
“Val interviews Craig Thompson about his station and an upcoming DXpedition to Palmyra.”

Go watch!

Ham Nation Episode 225

 Odds and Ends

ARRL Outgoing QSL Service

Announced DX Operations

D-Star stuff

News, Links, Repeater Info, Hamfests, Licensing, General Help

For those who have not yet found the officers on the webpage, here is the list:

President: Phil Sinnett, KD5UGO
President-Elect-VP: Harold Black, W5IFN
Treasurer: Doug Forsyth, WX5DF
Secretary: Chris Pape, KE5JZN
Past President: Bill Lockett, AE5F
Director at Large: Bill Baker, WG5T (appointment)
Trustee: Peter Laws, N5UWY (appointment)
Assistant Trustee: Gary Skaggs, WB5ULK  (appointment)

Also, some of you have asked about the site I use personally to track real-time lightning data. That site can be found here:

Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles

Link below lists all the ARRL-related hamfests within a 250 mile drive of Norman for about the next 5 months. Lots of good ones close to Norman.

As always…Nets, Links, Other Stuff in the link at the top AND in the sidebar. Have a great week!

73 de Gary, WB5ULK …_._


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